How Do Children Respond to Stories
Children make different types of responses at they talk about stories. Sipe (2002) identified these five types.
Dramatizing. Children spontaneously act out the story in both nonverbal and verbal ways
Talking Back. Children talk back to the characters, giving them advice or criticizing and complimenting them.
Critiquing / Controlling. Children suggest alternative plots, characters, or settings to personalize the story,
Inserting. Children insert themselves or their friends into the story,
Taking Over. Children take over the text and manipulate it to express their own creativity; these responses are usually humorous and provide an opportunity for children to show off.
Children make these types of responses when teachers encourage their active participation in the story, but the tricky part is to balance the time spent reading and talking.
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